CHEESEWERKS sponsors People’s Picks at Cheese Festival


The Great Canadian Cheese Festival is mighty pleased to have CHEESEWERKS as a Presenting Partner for the second year.

In addition to lending its considerable promotional support, Canada’s only dedicated cheese restaurant will sponsor and organize an all-new, best-in-show awards program at the June 1-2 Festival in Picton, in the heart of Ontario’s Prince Edward County.

It will also return as a featured food vendor with awesome Mac + Cheese and Nachos like you’ve never had them before—all made with Canadian artisan cheese, of course!


CHEESEWERKS presents the first-ever PEOPLE’S PICKS at The Great Canadian Cheese Festival this year.

CHEESEWERKS is about experiences and creating memories through comfort and great food. The Toronto eatery will present PEOPLE’S PICKS, awards to recognize and honour the most popular cheese, foods and drinks and their artisan producers.

Guests will be given a ballot of PEOPLE’S PICKS that will act as votes for their favourites of the Festival.

PEOPLE’S PICKS will be awarded in six categories:

  • CHEESE (All types)
  • WINE (All types)
  • BEER (All types)
  • SWEET (Jams, Cookies, Corn, Snacks, etc.)
  • SAVOURY (Salsas, Spreads, Chutneys, Meats, etc.)
  • BEST BITE (The ultimate best bite/taste of the entire Festival)

Guests who cast their pick will have a chance to win a selection of prizes. The picks will be on display throughout the Festival—and will be recognized further at the restaurant and throughout social media by CHEESEWERKS and The Great Canadian Cheese Festival.

The Great Canadian Cheese Festival and CHEESEWERKS share the same mission: promote the best in Canadian cheese.

”As it’s the Super Bowl of Cheese in Canada, we are thrilled to support the Festival for a second year,” says Kevin Durkee, CHEESEWERKS Founder + Big Cheese.

CHEESEWERKS is the brainchild of Kevin Durkee and Tom Douangmixay, partners in life and business. Kevin and Tom are clearly foodies, with a love for honest, nostalgic comfort food, especially cheese, especially Canadian cheese. Kevin explains:

“Food is all about sharing and telling stories. Getting someone to try something for the first time—or discovering your world and enjoying an amazing meal. Food is what fundamentally connects us all. The food at CHEESEWERKS is really about ‘getting comfy.’ Easy to understand, easy to enjoy and incredibly satisfying.”

CHEESEWERKS is a restaurant first but also a retail shop for cheese, artisan items and event venue for culinary experiences like its signature Food Fight Trivia Night series. The restaurant, located at 56 Bathurst Street in downtown Toronto, is licensed, serving Ontario craft beer and local wine.

The Great Canadian Cheese Festival is a multi-faceted event that annually attracts thousands of consumers to meet, learn, taste and buy the best in Canadian artisan cheese and fine foods and sample fine wine, craft beer and crisp cider.

About 100 exhibitors and vendors and more than 3,000 consumers made the event last year the biggest cheese show in Canada representing producers from coast to coast. Growth is expected in 2013 with more than 30 cheesemakers from Newfoundland to British Columbia signed up, as well as 36 artisan foods producers, 24 wine and cider producers and a half-dozen craft brewers, plus other vendors.

The third annual Great Canadian Cheese Festival takes place June 1-2, 2013, at historic Crystal Palace and the Prince Edward Curling Club on the Picton Fairgrounds in the heart of Ontario’s Prince Edward County, one of Canada’s leading gastronomic destinations. Prince Edward County is located south of Belleville, Ontario, in Bay of Quinte Region, just off Highway 401, an easy drive from Toronto, Ottawa, New York State and even Montreal.

For more information, visit or call 1.866.865.2628.

The Great Canadian Cheese Festival is produced by Cheese Lover Productions Inc., Georgs Kolesnikovs, President, with the support of Celebrate Ontario, Dairy Farmers of Canada and Bay of Quinte Region.

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